Tweed & Company Celebrates 10th Anniversary With HUGE 2018 Season!
December 1st, 2017: For Immediate Release
Tweed & Company Theatre is thrilled to announce our epic new season of live professional theatre in Tweed! 2018 will mark our 10TH ANNIVERSARY season of production, and to celebrate that incredible landmark, we will be presenting the most shows we have ever done, over the longest period of time, and in the most venues. Coming off of our incredibly successful 2017 season, Tweed & Company is excited to continue to build on some new milestones from this past year, including our highest overall attendance to date, our highest tourist attendance, countless sold out performances throughout the season, and being awarded the Hastings County TOURISM CHAMPION OF THE YEAR!
HASTINGS! A New Musical skyrocketed the theatre company to a new level of recognition after countless rave reviews, sold out performances, and incredible word of mouth. And we are thrilled to announce that this landmark production will now play in three new cities for Tweed & Company, to spread the excitement and enthusiasm of this incredible live musical across Hastings County! HASTINGS will play at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft, the Studio Theatre in Perth, and at the Empire Theatre in Belleville.
We are also thrilled to announce the return of our most talked about and most requested production from the past, ALECK BELL: A Canadian Pop Rock Musical! A new revival production of ALECK BELL will play September 2018 at the Tweed Pavilion on our new alley stage, with new costumes, sets, songs and an incredible cast of professional performers who all play the instruments as well. This rock musical is a crowd favourite, and we can’t wait to reinvent it for a whole new audience next fall.
Also returning in 2018 after incredibly successful showings in 2017 are SONGBUSTER: The Fully Improvised Musical, and the ever popular DARK NIGHT CABARET. SONGBUSTER blew the roof off of the Tweed winter carnival in February, with a huge chunk of the audience having such a good time at the first show that they returned for the second, which is the true joy of this production! A brand new show every time, this incredibly talented cast of popular Canadian Comedians brings the house down with their quick wit and musical improvisation skills. And during the run of ALECK BELL, don’t miss everyone’s favourite evening of music, stories and laughter with the DARK NIGHT CABARET. Our exceptionally talented cast of ALECK BELL will all be performing their party pieces, favourite numbers, and telling stories and adventures of a life in the Canadian Musical Theatre.
Rounding out our thrilling 2018 season are two new one night only presentations that are sure to bring the house down. Most people who have attended one of our past productions will recognize the incredible talent and character that is James King. James will be bringing his band JAMES KING & THE MIDNIGHT HOURS to the Tweed Pavilion for a once in a lifetime concert of classic hits, original rock, and theatricality which is sure to be a night to remember. With the recent success of this popular new act, we feel truly lucky to have them for this special evening, so be sure to join us at the pavilion and see this group live in Tweed while you can! And then, next December, join us for your favourite new holiday tradition, A TWEED & COMPANY CHRISTMAS! We are very excited to present our first Christmas show, and what will surely become an annual tradition of our favourite artists, special guests, and local talent all backed by a live band, at the beautiful St. John’s United Church in Tweed. This show is also a one night only performance, so book early to avoid disappointment!
2018 is sure to be our most exciting and talked about season yet, so don’t miss out on the excitement, and book your tickets today! Tickets for all of our performances in Tweed can be purchased at The Tweed News or online at our website, www.tweedandcompany.com. Tickets for touring productions can in some cases be purchased directly at those venues, or by visiting our website, or the venue website for more info. Tickets are available online now, and will go on sale at the Tweed News in January.
We are also thrilled to announce additional funding this season from Community Future’s Eastern Ontario Development Program, which will allow us to purchase new sound equipment and some additional lighting equipment and promotion, which will once again drastically increase the quality of our productions, bring more people into the region, and help spread word of mouth about all that our area has to offer!
Tweed & Company Theatre is an incorporated not for profit organization and a professional producer of Original Canadian Musical Theatre based out of Tweed Ontario. Celebrating our 10th anniversary season, Tweed & Company has gained the reputation across the province of being a top producer of live musical theatre, as well as a recognized incubator for Original Canadian Works. Working with Actors, Composers, Musicians and Creators from across the country and from many of the other major festivals including The Stratford Festival, The Shaw Festival, Mirvish, and Drayton Entertainment, Tweed & Company is primed to become a major player in the Canadian Musical Theatre Industry in the coming years. Winner of the Hastings County TOURISM CHAMPION OF THE YEAR, broadwayworld.com best independent production, pick of the Fringe from Now Magazine and Torontoist, and in 2017 a Culture Days commissioned event.
So join us in 2018 and see what all the fuss is about! With 31 performances spread out across 11 months of the year, there are lots of opportunities to get out and experience incredible live theatre right in your own backyard! We can’t wait to produce this huge season of original Canadian Musical Theatre across Hastings County, and continue to bring quality live productions to this incredibly supportive community. See you at the show!
PLEASE READ ON BELOW FOR FULL INFO ON EACH OF THIS SEASON’S PRODUCTIONS, AND LIST OF OUR INCREDIBLE SPONSORS:
SONGBUSTER: The Fully Improvised Musical!
Saturday, February 17th @ 7 PM
Sunday, February 18th @ 1 & 7 PM
Tickets: $12.00 General Admission
At The Tweed Hungerford Agricultural Building (Tweed Fair White Building) part of the Tweed Winter Carnival
After their two SOLD OUT performances in Tweed last season, we are thrilled to be bringing back SONGBUSTER! The Fully Improvised Musical for 3 shows at the 2018 Tweed Winter Carnival! With sold out crowds at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Next Stage Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Just For Laughs Toronto, Tweed & Company is thrilled to bring the incredibly entertaining SONGBUSTER to the Tweed Fair White Building as part of the Tweed Winter Carnival! This show will have you rolling in the aisles as this incredible group of actors and musicians creates a full one hour musical based on YOUR suggestions! SONGBUSTER has been receiving rave reviews and standing ovations wherever it goes, and we are thrilled to have this incredible group joining us this February!
THE PRINCESS BALL
Sunday, February 18th 4-6 PM
Tickets: $12.00 General Admission
At The Tweed Hungerford Agricultural Building (Tweed
Fair White Building) part of the Tweed Winter Carnival
Come and join all of your favourite Princesses for THE PRINCESS BALL! This season, as a new addition to the Tweed Winter Carnival, Tweed & Company will be hosting The Princess Ball, a rare opportunity to mix and mingle with Royalty, as your children’s favourite characters join them for a two hour extravaganza of singing, dancing, high tea, crafts, face painting, and bouncy castle fun! Tweed & Company Theatre, The Tweed Winter Carnival, and The Fairytale Factory will be bringing three Princesses to the Tweed Fair White Building for this magical afternoon, and all for only $12.00 per person. So get your ball gown on, and bring your camera for a few hours of pure magic and fantastical entertainment!
JAMES KING & THE MIDNIGHT HOURS
Saturday, May 12th @ 8 PM
At The Tweed Pavilion in Memorial Park
Most people who have attended a Tweed & Company production will recognize the incredible talent and explosion of personality that is JAMES KING. We are thrilled to be bringing James and his classic rock band THE MIDNIGHT HOURS to Tweed for this one night only evening! A combination of live music, vocal athletics, and theatricality, James King has been sweeping the Toronto Music scene. After releasing his debut EP “Where Will You Take Me” in early 2017, King went on to form “James King & The Midnight Hours”. They are a five-piece classic rock trip, served up retro style. A collection of multi-talented Toronto based artists including: Gaby Grice on keys and vocals, Richard Lam on lead guitar, Mike Lee on drums, Daniel Williston on bass and vocals, with King as frontman and lead vocalist. With the recent success of this rising star, don’t miss this one night only opportunity to catch this incredible band while you still can!
HASTINGS! THE MUSICAL On Tour
Tickets: $30.00 Regular, $20.00 Student
THE VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE, Bancroft:
Tuesday, Aug 7th @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 8th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug 9th @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, Aug 9th @ 7:30 PM
Friday, Aug 10th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 11 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, Aug 11 @ 7:30 PM
THE STUDIO THEATRE, Perth
Tuesday, Aug 14th @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday, Aug 14th @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 15th @ 2:00 PM
THE EMPIRE THEATRE, Belleville
Friday, Aug 17th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 18th @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, Aug 18th @ 7:30 PM
After Rave Reviews and countless sold out performances during our two week run at the Tweed Pavilion this past summer, Tweed & Company is ecstatic to announce that HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL will be touring regional theatres in the summer of 2018! This hilarious, foot stomping irreverent retelling of the History of Hastings County is sure to once again be the entertainment highlight of the season! Written by the Tweed & Company Ensemble with the assistance of the Hastings County Historical Society, this show features music from several up and coming and established Canadian composers, coming to us from the Stratford Festival, The Second City, and with major Toronto credits, and some of them originally from right here in Hastings County! Hastings features a cast of nine incredible performers, all of whom also play the instruments and create a stunning live band on stage. The beautiful rustic set, costumes, and unique and exciting staging complete this theatrical experience. Don’t miss this incredible Musical in its encore presentation! See the musical that INSIDE BELLEVILLE calls “An extraordinary panorama of song, dance and Hastings County history”, that CENTRAL HASTINGS NEWS says is “Incredible, it deserves to be re-staged throughout Hastings County” That ONTARIO’S HIGHLANDS TOURISM hails as “A truly remarkable show! I would see it ten times over if I could” that THE TWEED NEWS Says “In short the show was simply fantastic”, and THE HASTINGS COUNTY WANDERER claims “It was hands down the most memorable theatre performance I have seen to date. The Storytelling…The Musicianship… The Humour: I honestly have not laughed that hard in quite some time. So go, now, quickly.” Don’t miss this incredible Musical at one of it’s three touring venues, The Village Playhouse in Bancroft, The Studio Theatre in Perth, or The Empire Theatre in Belleville.
ALECK BELL: A Canadian Pop Rock Musical
Wednesday, Sept 19th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, Sept 20th @ 7:30 PM
Friday, Sept 21st @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 22nd @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 22nd @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 23rd @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept 26th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, Sept 27th STUDENT MATINEE
Thursday, Sept 27th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 29th @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 29th @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25.00 Adult, $20.00 Senior/Arts Council, $15.00 Student
At The Tweed Pavilion in Memorial Park
The year is 1876. Three men are locked in a heated battle to create arguably the world’s most important invention…The telephone. One man emerges victorious. That man was ALECK BELL. In 2018, come and witness the epic new revival of our biggest success story, ALECK BELL! A CANADIAN POP ROCK MUSICAL. Join us as we delve into the past with a modern pop rock twist, and experience the story of the telephone as you never have before. Drama, intrigue, accusations, trials, sickness, espionage, a race to the finish line, secret meetings, and the only time in history a patent has been granted without a working model…the true story of the invention of the telephone and the men behind it is much deeper and darker than we think. This energetic and inspiring musical will change the way you look at history. Told by an incredible cast of eight performer musicians who all play the instruments live during the musical, and featuring all of your favourite Canadian Pop Rock Hits, ALECK BELL returns to Tweed to receive a new staging on our Alley Stage at the Pavilion, with new songs, a beautiful new design, and a cast like you’ve never seen before. ALECK BELL has toured various venues in Ontario to rave reviews, and we are thrilled to be bringing back this exciting musical, one of our favourite Original creations, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season of live professional Original Canadian Musical Theatre. Don’t miss this remarkable show that THE BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER raves: “Every once in a rare while, a show comes along that takes the stage and audiences by storm. Such a show is Tweed & Company Theatre’s “Aleck Bell”. This production is done with wit, humour, enthusiasm and tons of talent by a youthful cast of eight. The choreography is spectacular. With young talent like this, the future of Canadian theatre is in good hands.”
THE DARK NIGHT CABARET
Friday, September 28th @ 8 PM
At The Tweed Pavilion in Memorial Park
Arguably one of our most successful and talked about traditions, THE DARK NIGHT CABARET will return once again this September during the run of ALECK BELL! Come and join this incredible cast, alongside some of our favourite ensemble members, and of course some incredible local talent, for this one night only extravaganza of song and dance and laughter! In this magical evening, each artist will perform their favourite pieces, their special skills, small group numbers, original creations and more, in what is always a very special, impossible to recreate evening of live entertainment. This one night only event is traditionally a hot ticket, so book in advance to avoid disappointment!
A TWEED & COMPANY CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 15th @ 7 PM
St. John’s United Church Tweed
To cap off our massive and exciting 10th Anniversary Season, we are thrilled to announce a new tradition for our Company, A TWEED & COMPANY CHRISTMAS! This one night only classic Christmas concert will feature some of your favourite Tweed & Company Performers, as well as some special guests, singing all of your Christmas favourites, backed by a live five piece band. An assortment of solos, ensembles, and choral pieces, this new Musical Evening is sure to become a crowd favourite, as we bring some of the magic of the Holiday Season, and create an unforgettable evening of Holiday Entertainment in the cold weeks of December. Don’t miss it!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
GRAND SEASON SPONSOR: Don DeGenova & Dr. Charles Mustard
MAJOR SEASON SPONSOR: John-Ross Parks
MEDIA SPONSOR: The Tweed News
WINE SPONSOR: Potter Settlement Winery
BEER SPONSOR: Signal Brewery
SEASON SPONSORS: Moira Place AONInc, Diana Cassidy-Bush, Rayburn Insurance, Leonard G. Bryan Barrister and Solicitor
SUPPORTING SPONSOR: Gaylord Hardwood Flooring, McCulloch-Georgiou Family,
Kathie & Ron Rouse
SPONSOR: Quinn’s of Tweed, Julie Kevan & Peter Brown, Lucky Clover Candles, Spotted Dog B&B, Generations Custom Carpentry
STAY & PLAY SPONSORS: Newton House B&B, Tall Boy’s Restaurant, Vito’s Pizzeria
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: Municipality of Tweed, Community Futures, Government of Ontario, Hastings County, Ontario’s Highlands